Monmouth Comprehensive School
Our School and Community
We are an over-subscribed comprehensive secondary school of around 1,700 students and 160 staff, including an exceptionally popular and successful Sixth Form of around 400 students and a Specialist Resource Base of up to 55 students. We are located in the centre of Monmouth, and we serve the local community as well as other nearby areas in both Wales and England. We have the benefit of a magnificent new school building that was completed 2 years ago under the 21st Century Schools programme. It is a wonderful modern facility that has education at its heart.
Our school community is founded upon shared values, honesty and mutual respect. Everything we do is built upon the maxim Work Hard, Be Kind and our school values stem from that foundation. We are a happy and successful school, and one that recognises the transformative nature of education for our local community and wider society.
Our culture of continuous improvement is driven by transparency, open staff dialogue, and regular student and parent voice. We are research-informed, and look outward to other models of good practice to continue to drive school improvement.
We are both inclusive and ambitious for all of our students, and we have exceptionally high standards in all areas of school life. We are relentless in our determination to become the equal of the very best schools in the country and the whole of the UK in all aspects of our provision.
A deep-set commitment to student voice runs through MCS. As well as an elected School Council, a Student Leadership Team is appointed every year. This team works closely with a group of prefects on projects within the school and in the local community. They also co-ordinate with other local schools on major events such as Monmouth’s Got Talent and the Monmouth Literature Festival.
Our families and our local community are exceptionally supportive and welcoming. MCS Friends supports through fundraising and other activities; our magnificent new school building is a community hub as well as a school, hosting concerts, plays, cultural events and other activities. We adjoin Monmouth Leisure Centre, which also gives us first-class sport facilities for our students and staff.
Our Governing Body is comprised of members who have a wide range of experience in education, commerce, law and other sectors. Many of them are also parents of existing or ex-students.
We are privileged to work and live in an exceptionally beautiful part of the world. Monmouth is situated adjacent to the River Wye, which is the central thread of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Brecon Beacons National Park is 10 miles away. The school is also very conveniently situated for staff who choose to live in areas such as Cardiff or Hereford.